Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sketchbook Sailboat

Sailboat in Marina - sketchbook
I think this summer will be a time for enjoying sketching and exploring water and reflections. I have two books on the subject of painting water and I will be trying a few of the demo's in both Lakes and Rivers , and Painting Water where I will try to capture some of the scenes around me.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Artist's Award Ceremony & Reception

Saturday I attended the Peninsula Art Association's Artist's Reception and Award Ceremony where I was thrilled to receive 2nd place in watercolor for my small Great Blue Heron painting.

Great Blue Heron #1 -Nancy Van Blaricom

Great Blue Heron #1, 5" x 5" watercolor


There are so many wonderful artist's here locally that I was truely surprised when I found out I had received this award. I couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Not quite finished ...

Beach Swing Beach Rope Swing - 10.5" x 15" gessoed 300lb coldpress watercolor paper

This is a painting I briefly talked about having started back in March on the 17th. Today after working on it awhile I see I'm starting to obsess about every little detail, so for now I'll stop.

This paper came from a block that had not been properly sized and watercolor is absorbed immediately... instead of throwing it away I decided I'd gesso the front and see if I couldn't be used that way. I think I'm finally getting the hang of it ... but need to remember that the paint doesn't sink in at all now ... making it easy to lift off.